2015

April

Affric Kintail Way is officially launched at events in Glen Affric and Cannich Hall with invited guests.

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2017

August – October

Pathfinders walkover prospective new route prior to discussions with landowners.

November

Discussions with landowners commence.

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2018

September

Agreements reached with landowners pending full survey .

October

Route surveyed by Phil Thompson Ltd, funded by Forestry and Land Scotland, and agreements with landowners confirmed.

Consultation with local community and wider audience via social media.

 

November

Community Councils give support to project.

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2019

February

Funding received from Soirbheas for planning costs and planning application submitted to Highland Council. 

March

Work commences on funding applications for Phase 1.

May

Planning application approved by Highland Council. 

 

Counters provided by FLS to gather visitor numbers on AKW.

July

Indicative costs received from three footpath contractors for use in funding applications.

August

Week long public exhibition giving full project details.

December

Walkover survey with prospective contractors to confirm costs and obtain final quotes.

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2020

January

Final quotes received from contractors.

 

Funding for Phase 1 received from Soirbheas, SSE, FLS, Strathglass Community Fund & National Lottery.

 

Hitrak Ltd appointed as contractor for Phase 1.

 

Funding applications prepared for Phase 2.

March

Preliminary work begins on Phase 1.

 

Coronovirus pandemic brings work to halt.

September

Work recommences with bridge at Dark Deer installed and general path clearance on new sections begins.

December

Section AK7 path now dug out with ditch and drainage culverts in place.

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2021

February

Section AK9 dug out with ditch and drainage culverts installed.  Both new sections awaiting final surfacing.

March

Final surfacing of new build sections completed.  Access at layby on Kerrow road complete with chicane on downhill due to safety considerations.

March 21st

Phase 1 of AKW reroute complete.

April

Work starts on finding funding sources for Phase 2!

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2022

January

Funding for Phase 2 obtained.

February

Phase 2 invitations to tender documents to contractors.

March

Phase 2 contract awarded to Hitrak Ltd.

April – May

Archaeological survey work.

July – August

AK5 1.5km of track built using quantity of recovered stone on site.

September – October

Fencing work on AK5.  AK1 path upgrade.

November – December

AK1 and AK3 sections completed except landscaping.

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2023

January

Landscaping work completed end of month following period of bad weather.

May

Surfacing work on Ak5 – 1500m, additional access gates at Dark Deer and surfacing north of new footbridge.  Temporary access/exit on A831 pending Phase 3.

Surveying Phase 3 to determine if funding required or savings by contractor will cover cost of short section Phase 3.  Delayed payment from Scottish Government IPA fund to be paid start of June.  Phase 3 will commence August.

August

Work commences on Phase 3.

October

Again bad weather, periods of very heavy rainfall, causes delays and some damage to previously constructed areas.  However, damage repaired and Phase 3 completed by the end of the month.  All path construction complete and the AKW now fully open.

November

Advanced warning signage in the area of two road crossings now being addressed.

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